Story last updated at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2002

Servicemen, women thanked
It must be another of those phases we go through from time to time where several of the people we have known for years are dying. Some of the memorial services that I have attended since summer were for veterans who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. At each of these stood a Coast Guard Honor Guard, standing quietly in their dress uniforms next to a flag-draped coffin covering a person most of them probably never knew.

They stood, mostly young men and women, honoring a man that fought in a war many years before most of them were born. Silent, but there. Mostly unnoticed -- so much like the service, protection and safety that they provide to us every day.

I just felt it necessary to say a special "thank you" to all of you and to all of our servicemen and women everywhere that serve, unnoticed in silence.

Tom Schroeder

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